Gerry Conway and Don Newton art joined by inker Alfredo Alcala on Detective 520 (Nov. 82).
Batman meets with Jim Gordon and Jason Bard, as well as Vickie Vale. Her editor committed suicide, and they know he gave Vicki’s pictures to Boss Thorne. They are trying to tie Thorne to Hamilton Hill.
Batman breaks into a prison, and breaks Deadshot out, to get the name of who hired him. Floyd Lawton has no problems giving up Thorne’s name, but is surprised when Batman knocks him out and sends him back.
Meanwhile, Boss Thorne is more concerned with the hauntings of Hugo Strange’s ghost than with the detectives, and has hired Dr. 13 to find out if the ghost is real. Dr.13 was last seen a little over a year earlier, investigating the ghost of Wayne Manor.
Dr. 13 goes to Greytowers, the phony hospital run by Hugo Strange, and his ghost materializes. And Alfred dusts the Batcave.
Catwoman’s solo tales had been running periodically in the back pages of Batman for the last few years. This issue marks her only solo story in Detective, by Bob Rozakis and Gil Kane.
Selina Kyle bumps into a former henchman of hers, and, sensing that he is lying to her about his plans, decides to follow him. Catwoman is on the good side of the law these days.
It’s a soft story with a happy ending, as the guy has gone straight as well, and was hoping Catwoman would follow him and be his back up as he exposed some thieves.